BALLSTON SPA – In a June 11 press release, Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III announced that Zachary Currier, 19, of Geyser Road in Ballston Spa has plead guilty to rape in the first degree, a violent felony, for forcibly compelling a female to have intercourse on July 15, 2012.
The victim woke to find Currier in her bedroom with what appeared to be a handgun (which was later determined to be a pellet gun). He proceeded to threaten her and then forced her to engage in sexual intercourse.
Currier is expected to receive 10 years in a state prison facility with up to 20 years of post-release supervision. An Order of Protection will be issued at the time of sentencing.
Currier will also have to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison. He will also be considered for possible civil confinement.
The victim and defendant had known each other for some time.
In an unrelated investigation, Currier also admitted to playing a part in a string of criminal mischief cases where he and his co-defendants drilled holes in the gas tanks of vehicles and drained them of gasoline. He is expected to be sentenced to 1 – 3 years in a state prison facility based upon his admission of guilt. Restitution by way of judgment has been ordered for the victims who incurred costs in repairing their vehicles.
The vehicles were damaged throughout Saratoga County.
In addition, Currier pleaded guilty to an unrelated attempted burglary which occurred in the town of Halfmoon. He is expected to be sentenced to 3 years in a state prison facility for his role in that crime, with post release supervision of up to 3 years. Restitution has been ordered for the victims of the attempted burglary.
The property involved was one or more flat screen TVs.
“We would not be able to obtain the convictions we do without the tireless efforts of law enforcement,” Murphy said in a statement on the plea. “Justice was served today. All of the cases were important, but in the case of the rape, the victim was most relieved that she didn’t have to endure testifying against him in open court and was thankful that the defendant took responsibility for his crimes. Three ADAs were handling Mr. Currier’s cases: Lyn Murphy handled the domestic violence/rape case, Jen Buckley the burglary case and Karen Heggen the gas tank cases. The level of cooperation that the prosecutors, police and victims of crime demonstrated assisted in the efficient delivery of prosecutorial resources.”
Sentencing will take place in Saratoga County Court on Aug. 6 at 1:15 p.m.
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